Tenting on the Old Campground

1st Nebraska closed its program at the Civil War Veterans Museum with the playing of “Tenting on the Old Campground,” an 1863 song by Walter Kittredge expressing the weariness of the soldier and the country with the prolonged Civil War.

The video begins with a one minute narration.

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Civil War Veterans Museum – Nebraska City – June 14, 2015

On Sunday, June 14th, Flag Day, the 1st Nebraska traveled to Nebraska City to perform for a living history event at the Civil War Veterans Museum. The event was held in a large parking lot next to the museum’s G. A. R. Memorial Hall (Grand Army of the Republic). To learn more about the G.A.R., click here . To learn more about the Civil War Veterans Museum, click here.

Entertaining the crowd
Entertaining the crowd

The living history event had musket and canon demonstrations, and uniform and civilian clothing to try on. There was a “school of the soldier” where children could learn the manual of arms with long wooden sticks, and also how to march.

On the museum steps
On the museum steps

The Band entertained the crowd with patriotic songs of the North and South, popular songs of the day, and opera medley quicksteps. Following the concert we posed for some photos, seen here. All in all, it was a very successful day.

Plattsmouth, NE – June 13, 2015

1st Nebraska played for an appreciative crowd at last night’s concert in Plattsmouth, NE. The Main Street Association sponsors a summer-long concert series on Fridays and Saturdays on their “Main Street Stage.” It’s an entertainment plaza encompassing a former alley off the main street and utilizing buildings to give ambience to the sound. We enjoyed the added benefit of a nice breeze off the hill to our rear making our woolen coats a little more comfortable.

Main Street Plattsmouth

Downfall of Paris
Downfall of Paris

Our concert was a part of the city’s celebration of the 154th anniversary of the 1st muster of the 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry in June 1861. Company A was enlisted in Plattsmouth.

In the photo to the left, snare drummer Lauren Calkin, and bass drummer Carl Highman, are featured in the standard Civil War drum beat “The Downfall of Paris.”

It was a good evening to perform outdoors, and we appreciate the hospitality of the Main Street Association’s president.